Michael Santos undertook a Pan-Asian gastronomic journey when he paid a visit to Timeless Restaurant.

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Timeless which is located on the sixth floor between the Lusail Twin Towers. As soon as you enter this pan-Asian eatery, you’ll be struck by its elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. The interior design perfectly matches the timeless dining experience it offers.

The space is visually stunning, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing a clear view of the Lusail Marina. The combination of trendy and contemporary elements seamlessly blends, and the warm and inviting colour palette, tasteful furniture and subdued lighting set the perfect mood for a memorable culinary journey. Every detail has been carefully considered, from the intricate glasswork on the walls to the Instagramable glass-lit, cherry blossom trees.

The restaurant’s menu features diverse dishes influenced by different international foods all with an Asian twist, offering a unique culinary experience. Each course, including appetisers and desserts, was presented beautifully and packed with delicious flavours. Chef Rizal Saikrol’s expertise in Pan-Asian cuisine was evident in every plate, with carefully selected fresh ingredients and perfectly balanced tastes.

To begin this culinary journey, we opted for the Crab Salad as a starter which was a true treat. The fresh crab meat combined with spring onions, tobiko, cucumber, tanuki, sesame and Japanese spicy mayonnaise created a harmonious blend of flavours and textures. The succulent crab meat paired perfectly with the tangy spring onion and the crispness of the cucumber. We tried several appetisers but this was one of my standout favourites.

Next came the Torched Wagyu Maki – an absolute pleasure for the taste buds. The wagyu slice on top of the maki adds a rich and succulent element, perfectly complemented by smoked cheese and spicy leek mayonnaise surrounding carrot and asparagus tempura. The torched preparation technique truly enhances the taste profile creating a delectable smoky piquancy.

Another highlight among the starters was the Chicken Yakitori – a skewer consisting of succulent chicken thigh, flavourful shitake mushroom and tender leek, all grilled to perfection. What truly sets this dish apart is the delectable sauce that coats the various elements, adding a sweet and savoury glaze. Combining the yakitori sauce and garlic crumbs on top adds an extra layer of depth to the flavour with yuzu sesame providing a refreshing citrusy note that balances the dish’s richness.

One of the standout dishes from the main course menu was The Black Onyx Tenderloin with confit potato topped by cilantro pesto and a variety of mixed sauces, which genuinely exceeded my expectations. The meat was cooked flawlessly, with a succulent and tender texture that melted in my mouth. The confit potato added a delightful crunch to each bite, complementing the rich flavours of the steak. The combination of shimeji, button and enoki mushrooms provided a wonderful earthy taste that elevated the dish. The brown butter sauce added a nutty and savoury element, while the black pepper brought a subtle kick of spiciness. The creamy Cajun sauce provided a tangy contrast that harmonised all the flavours. This dish was an absolute delight for the taste buds.

Heading towards the sweets, I couldn’t resist the temptation of the Japanese souffle. A scrumptious dessert that lived up to its reputation as a deconstructed cheesecake. The vanilla souffle cake forms the base, providing a light and airy texture, topped with a generous sprinkling of crunchy cornflakes and almond shavings. Every bite offered a delightful contrast of textures. The velvety vanilla cream adds a smooth and creamy element, perfectly complementing the delicate flavours of the souffle. Adding fresh berries brought a burst of tanginess to the dish, while the warm caramel sauce drizzled over it all was the ultimate touch of indulgence.

The Blossom Tree dessert is a masterpiece that deserves high praise. The velvety vanilla ice cream served alongside chocolate tree stems perfectly balanced richness and creaminess while cotton candy added a whimsical touch, creating a playful and visually stunning presentation. Cookie crumble and brownies added a satisfying crunch and depth to the overall sensation. Each bite was a harmonious blend of sweetness and decadence, undoubtedly a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth, taking your taste buds on a journey of pure bliss.

Timeless Restaurant offers a truly memorable dining experience. The Pan-Asian cuisine showcases various flavours and culinary techniques. The attention to detail in the presentation of each dish is commendable, and the flavours are well-balanced and satisfying. The service is attentive, and the ambience charming, providing guests with a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch or a special dinner, Timeless is a fantastic choice for a contemporary Pan-Asian experience. ✤